- The Washington Times - Friday, January 31, 2014

And who says dead men don’t talk?

Leonard M. Smith, 86, was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean conflict, a Florida resident who had been born and raised in New York — and, apparently, a man with a great sense of humor that he successfully passed to his family.

His obituary, published in GreenwichTime.com after his Nov. 27, 2013, death: “Leonard Smith hated pointless bureaucracy, thoughtless inefficiency and bad ideas born of good intentions. He loved his wife, admired and respected his children and liked just about every dog he ever met. He will be greatly missed by those he loved and those who loved him.”

And the punchline finish: “In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you cancel your subscription to The New York Times.”

As one visitor to the obituary’s guest book commented: “What a guy!”

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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